Bloomberg Law: Litigation Analytics – What is it?

This is the first of a four part series spotlighting Bloomberg Law’s Litigation Analytics.

Bloomberg Law’s Litigation Analytics is a newly developed tool that allows a user to search current litigation statistics by firm, by represented client, or by judge. It contains dynamic charts for the user to interact with.

To access this feature, you will need your Bloomberg Law login. After logging in, you will click on the litigation and dockets tab at the top of the page. Under Litigation and Dockets, select Litigation Analytics.

This is the starting homepage, displayed is an example of search by company, specifically Apple Inc.

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This is an excellent tool to research all kinds of litigation, such as what firms are currently representing some of your clients in another jurisdiction, which firm represents an opposing party, the frequency of appearances for each firm, and what judges are hearing these cases. Data is downloadable into PDF, Word, and Excel Reports. After you locate the data that you need, click on the printer icon on the right hand side, then this window will pop up with a variety of options.

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To begin, you will want to select what type of party you are searching at the top. This will either be company, law firm or judge.

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For more general information about the resource, visit

Access to the Bloomberg Law database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

EBSCO: Index to Legal Periodicals and Books: Folders

Part Four in a Four Part Series.

The EBSCOhost Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (ILP) also allows users to save searches and materials to folders. When a specific source is open that a user wants to save, the folder button is located on the right side of the screen.


A user can access the folder at any point during the search as it is located on the blue search bar at the top of the page.


The folder automatically places sources into different sections based on the type of source. In addition, the ILP Folder also stores search alerts and journal alerts.


Finally, the ILP Folder is easy to manage with tools to print, email, and delete sources.


Overall, the ILP is a very useful tool to find periodical and books sources on a variety of legal topics. It is easy-to-use and well-organized.

Access to EBSCOhost: Index to Legal Periodicals and Books database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.



EBSCO: Index to Legal Periodicals and Books: Search Bar

Part Two in a Four Part Series.

The EBSCOhost Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (ILP) also has a very useful Search Bar at the top of the search box.

blue barOne the left side, the ILP provides a New Search tab that takes a user back to the home page. There is also a Publications tab that provides access to an alphabetical publication database. Finally, there is a Thesaurus tab which provides a search tool based on the different legal meaning of terms.



On the right side there are useful tabs, such as the Preferences, which allows a user to set up the presentation of the searched material.


There is also a Languages tab and an Ask a Librarian tab which takes users to the Tech Law website to submit a question.


Access to EBSCOhost: Index to Legal Periodicals and Books database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.



EBSCO: Index to Legal Periodicals and Books: Overview

Part One in a Four Part Series.

The Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (ILP), an EBSCOhost search tool, provides a comprehensive approach to finding online book and periodical materials. This tool provides multiple ways of narrowing and developing search parameters.homeILP provides a useful search bar. There are also helpful search options, such as Advanced Search and Search History. There is also a tool that will limit the database based on subject.

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ILP also provides a Search Options mode that has search modes and expanders that are helpful. Further, there is tool to limit a search based on publication type, date, full text link, and publication date.

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Overall, ILP is a very helpful tool to access several article and books in an easy-to-use manner. It is user friendly and contains many sources.

Access to EBSCOhost: Index to Legal Periodicals and Books database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.



“Excuse Me, Can I Have a Turn?” Female SCOTUS Justices Heavily Interrupted

The Harvard Business Review recently released the results of an enlightening new study about the speech patterns during SCOTUS oral arguments.

According to the article, a new empirical study shows that the male justices interrupt the female justices approximately three times as often as they interrupt each other during oral arguments. 

640px-Sotomayor,_Ginsburg,_and_Kagan_10-1-2010HBR examined the transcripts of 15 years of Supreme Court oral arguments, finding that women do not have an equal opportunity to be heard on the highest court in the land. In fact, as more women join the court, the reaction of the male justices has been to increase their interruptions of the female justices. Many male justices are now interrupting female justices at double-digit rates per term, but the reverse is almost never true. In the last 12 years, during which women made up, on average, 24% of the bench, 32% of interruptions were of the female justices, but only 4% were by the female justices.

And there is a consistently gendered pattern: In 1990, with one woman on the bench (former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor), 35.7% of interruptions were directed at her; in 2002, 45.3% were directed at the two female justices (O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg); in 2015, 65.9% of all interruptions on the court were directed at the three female justices on the bench (Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan). With more women on the court, the situation only seems to be getting worse.

Not only do the fellow male justices interrupt the female justices, so too do the male advocates on the other side of the bench. Despite strict rules mandating that advocates stop talking immediately when a justice begins speaking, interruptions by male advocates account for approximately 10% of all interruptions that occur in court. In contrast, interruptions by female advocates account for approximately 0%. 

While the female justices are being interrupted at far higher rates, at least they are learning to stop using polite prefatory words. Early in their tenure, female justices tend to frame questions politely, using prefatory words such as “May I ask,” “Can I ask,” “Excuse me,” or the advocate’s name. 

HBR ultimately found that women gradually learn to set aside such politeness. All four of the female justices have reduced their tendency to use this polite phrasing. Justice Sotomayor adjusted within just a few months. Justices O’Connor and Ginsburg gradually became less and less polite over decades on the court, eventually using the polite phrases approximately one-third as much as they did initially. Justice Kagan is still learning: She uses polite language more than twice as often as the average man, although half as often as she did in 2010.

Not surprisingly, HBR did not see a similar trend with the men, because male justices rarely use these polite speech patterns, even when they first enter the court. It is the women who adapt their speech patterns to match those of the men.

If it’s this bad for arguably some of the most powerful women in the world, imagine what it’s like for other women in the legal profession. We all need to be aware of this issue and do a better job of listening.

Part Four TexasBarCLE: Practice Tools

This is the fourth part of a four part series highlighting:

This post showcases the remaining practice tools that the TexasBarCLE website has to offer.

First, TexasBarCLE offers access to Casemaker & Fastcase with your bar membership. Access to both of these databases can be found on the left side of the homepage.

Upon selecting either database you will be prompted to login with your registered account. You can register using your Last Name and your Texas Bar Card Number. If you don’t have a current Texas Bar card number, you can still create an account at no cost, but your services may be limited.


TexasBarCLE also provides access to the Law Practice Management Program of the State Bar of Texas. This is a useful tool for solo practitioners or small firms who need help starting and managing their practice.


Additionally, TexasBarCLE has a tab for Texas Supreme Court Oral Arguments & Meetings. This practice tool allows you to watch the Texas Supreme Court while it is in session through live or archived videos. You can search recent oral arguments, meetings, and upcoming events.


Lastly, TexasBarCLE connects you with TYLA’s Ten Minute Mentor resource. TMM is a collection of online video presentations from lawyers in their areas of expertise. Each video is around ten minutes or less and is free.

TXCLE13 is a great resource for law students and attorneys of all ages. Make sure to take advantage of all the tools your state bar provides and consider the variety of available formats when completing your MCLE credit hours.

TexasBarCLE is available through the State Bar of Texas website and at

April 2017 – New Books List

In April 2017, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

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  1. Zoltan Balazsan, The Principle of the Separation of Powers: a Defense (2016).
  2. Gary Lawson, “A Great Power of Attorney”: Understanding the Fiduciary Constitution (2017).


  1. James Forman, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (2017).


  1. Kevin F. Steinmetz, Hacked: A Radical Approach to Hacker Culture and Crime (2016).
  2. Daniel B. Garrie, Law Firm Cybersecurity (2017).


  1. Albert I. Telsey, The ABCs of Environmental Regulation (2016).


  1. Randy Bobbitt, Free Speech on America’s K-12 and College Campuses: Legal Cases from Barnette to Blaine, (2017).


  1. Daniel Sledge, Health Divided: Public Health and Individual Medicine in the Making of the Modern American State (2017).


  1. Stephen A. Simon, The U.S. Supreme Court and the Domestic Force of International Human Rights Law (2016).


  1. David E. Wilkins, Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights (2017).


  1. Thomas Alan Lund, The Creation of the Common Law: The Medieval “Year Books” Deciphered (2015).
  2. John Eaton, Finding English Law: Quick Access to Key Titles (2017).


  1. Elizabeth Fajans, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers (2017).


  1. Brian Tierney, Liberty and Law: The Idea of Permissive Natural Law, 1100-1800 (2014).


  1. Heidi K. Gardner, Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos (2016).
  2. Stephen R. Covey, First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy (1994)(2003 ed.).
  3. Jonathan McDowell, From Law School to Lawyer: Tools, Procedures, and Steps to Grow Your Practice (2015).


  1. Jessie Daniels, Being a Scholar in the Digital Era: Transforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good (2016).
  2. Andy Tattersall, Altmetrics: a practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics (2016).


  1. Michael N. Schmitt (ed.), Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations (2017).


  1. Bob Ward, The Most Interesting Mock Trial Case Files in the World (2016).
  2. Glenn C. Altschuler, Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy (2016).


  1. William H.F. Altman, The Guardians on Trial: The Reading Order of Plato’s Dialogues from Euthyphro to Phaedo (2016).
  2. Frank Anechiarico, Legal but Corrupt: A New Perspective on Public Ethics (2017).
  3. Amos N. Guiora, The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust (2017).

All of these books are available from the Law Library.  If you would like to check out any of these titles, please contact the circulation desk at either 806-742-3957 or  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.